Friday, December 30, 2011
The Latest Wind Scam
Well you’ve heard for years about our government paying American farmers NOT to grow crops. That’s basically what the UK wind developers are now receiving – a welfare check from National Grid NOT to produce electricity! This new wind scam in the UK is called “constraint payments” whereby 17 wind developers have been paid about £10M this year to shut their wind turbines off and not produce the renewable electric their consumers were taxed to support in the first place in the building of wind factories. The Telegraph newspaper claimed: “The payments are made when too much electricity floods the grid, with the network unable to absorb any excess power generated and the electric producers are paid to shut the wind turbines off.” Needless to say – this has severely raised the ire of wind opponents in the UK. Get this: “The rules meant that some renewable energy companies were paid more to switch off their turbines than they would have received from ordinary operations”. The constraint money is ultimately added onto household electric bills and paid for by UK National Grid consumers. Consumers are essentially now paying (£10M in 2011 in the UK) operators NOT to allow the turbines to operate to prevent electricity from being generated that they never used - in addition to subsidizing renewable power to begin with! This is the ultimate of adding insult to injury but what can you expect from a sleaze ball company like National Grid. Can similar action in the US be far behind? Reported in The Daily Telegraph, 27 Dec 2011.